Tag Archives: qualitative research

Realist evaluations: a tool for repairing programs

There are so many evaluation tools to pick from and none are right for every job. Everyone who runs a social service or a community program wants it to make a difference. We want recipients to be healthier, more successful …

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Taking the smoke and mirrors out of qualitative analysis

Most program evaluations I do involve consulting stakeholders and clients. Usually the program is a complex one that does not offer a single product or service. A structured questionnaire will not capture the diversity of outputs and outcomes. If the …

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Evaluation – just ask

I get most of my evaluation jobs because someone in an organisation wants to know if they (or a group they fund) are making a difference. I apply all of the tricks of the trade I have learned to that …

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Mapping the impact of social empowerment

Since my last post on impact mapping I have continued to work with the impact map for a men’s health service.  More recently I have been analysing my notes from the semi-structured interviews.  I am loving how these findings are …

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Finding the hidden value in social support programs

Social Dimensions is currently reviewing a men’s health program and are faced with the problem common to all evaluators tackling a program which operates on many levels and has outcomes which are difficult to measure. Fortunately a now forgotten Twitter …

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Love your data

  The typical image of a scientist is working with test tubes and microscopes in a lab.  Social scientists love data too. Delving into the data is what makes my fingers tingle and my heart race. When I first confront …

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The next challenge for Aboriginal antenatal care

In the last week I have returned to some interviews done by Glenda Taylor and other colleagues at CURCH. Aboriginal women were asked about their experiences with antenatal services at Aboriginal medical services, private general practitioners and hospitals. The research …

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NHMRC grant success!

Time to celebrate!  Ann is part of a team that was awarded an NHMRC grant to evaluate an Aboriginal antenatal care service based at a Perth tertiary hospital.  The grant was announced on Monday. The evaluation will mix qualitative and …

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